Ryan   M.  Bessett

Assistant Professor  

Office: ELABS 234
Phone: (956) 665-3426
Email: ryan.bessett@utrgv.edu
Website: http://ryanmbessett.weebly.com/about-me.html

Dr. Ryan M. Bessett

My major research interests center around language variation and change, Spanish in contact, bilingualism, Spanish as a heritage language, language acquisition, and Spanish phonology. I am especially interested in the Spanish spoken around the US-Mexican border and through variationist methodology differentiating contact-induced change from language-internal variation by comparing the Spanish of monolingual speakers in Sonora, Mexico to the Southern Arizona bilingual Spanish of speakers who come from families from Sonora.





Selected Publications


  • Ryan Bessett. "Testing English influence on first person singular “yo” subject pronoun expression in Sonoran Spanish.," Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics series. John Benjamins, February 2018.

  • Ryan Bessett and Sonia Colina. "Depalatalization in the synchronic and diachronic phonology of Spanish," Borealis – An International Journal of Hispanic Linguistics 6, no. 1 (2017): 223-241.

  • Ryan Bessett, Joseph Casillas, and Marta Ramírez Martínez. "Language Choice and Accommodation: Casual Encounters in San Ysidro and Nogales," Spanish in Context 14, no. 1 (2017): 78-98.

  • Ryan Bessett. "Exploring the phonological integration of lone other- language nouns in the Spanish of Southern Arizona," U. Penn Working Papers in Linguistics 23, no. 1 (November 2017): 30-39.

  • Ana Carvalho and Ryan Bessett. "Subject Pronoun Expression in Spanish in Contact with Portuguese," Subject Pronoun Expression in Spanish: A Cross- dialectal perspective. D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2015: 143-165.

  • Ryan Bessett. "The extension of estar across the Mexico-US border: Evidence against contact induced acceleration," Sociolinguistic Studies 9, no. 4 (2015): 421-443.

  • Ryan Bessett and Marta Ramírez Martínez. “Arizona/Sonora border: An insight into the crossing reality.” An ethnographic film and can be seen at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mn68s3xB5CY.. 2014.

  • Joseph Casillas and Ryan Bessett. Cuadro de los rasgos distintivos y los alófonos del español [Table]. Fonología generativa contemporánea de la lengua Española. D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2013.

  • Ryan Bessett. "The morphosyntactic integration of lone other-language nouns into bilingual Sonoran Spanish," International Journal of Bilingualism .

  • Ryan Bessett. "The role of phonology in discerning lone other-language items as borrowing or codeswitches: Evidence from Southern Arizona Spanish," Language Variation and Change .



Selected Presentations


  • Ryan Bessett. "Correlating flagging with phonological integration to distinguish LOLIs as borrowings or codeswitches," New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 46, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI (November 2017)

  • Ryan Bessett. "Flagging as a means to distinguish LOLIs as borrowings or codeswitches," Hispanic Linguistics Symposium 2017, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Tx (October 2017)

  • Ryan Bessett, Ana Carvalho, and Joseph Kern. "The full cycle of the sociolinguistic enterprise: Corpus building, student engagement, and critical language pedagogy," New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 45, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, Canada (November 2016)

  • Ryan Bessett. "The role of phonology in discerning lone other-language items as borrowing or codeswitches," New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 45, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, Canada (November 2016)

  • Ryan Bessett. "Discerning contact induced change from dialect variation in Arizona/Sonora Spanish. Invited colloquium presentation Dialectal variation, contact and Change: ‘historical’ and ‘non-historical’ approaches," Hispanic Linguistics Symposium 2016, Georgetown University, Washington, DC (October 2016)

  • Ryan Bessett. "Discerning lone other language items as borrowing or codeswitches: A case for considering phonological integration in the analysis," Hispanic Linguistics Symposium 2016, Georgetown University, Washington, DC (October 2016)

  • Ryan Bessett. "Midiendo los efectos del inglés en el español de Arizona: Una comparación de dos comunidades geográficamente adyacentes, conectadas por la frontera de USA/México," 8th Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics, Universidad de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico (April 2016)

  • Ryan Bessett. "Sociolinguistic Corpus Building Workshop," 5th Annual Linguistics and Luso-Brazilian conference at ASU, Arizona State University, Phoenix, Az (March 2016)

  • Ryan Bessett. "Testing English influence on subject pronoun expression in Sonoran Spanish," Hispanic Linguistics Symposium 2015, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL (November 2015)

  • Ryan Bessett and Sonia Colina. "Depalatalization in the synchronic and diachronic phonology of Spanish," Hispanic Linguistics Symposium 2014, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (November 2014)

Current Courses

SPAN 2321 01 - Spanish in the United States:
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SPAN 6311 01I - Problems and Issues Rel:
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SPAN 6311 02I - Problems and Issues Rel:
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SPAN 3311 01 - Spanish Phonology & Phonetics:
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